A Michigan state board on Dec. 16 approved Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) as the provider of laptop computers and other technical services for a statewide sixth-grade program.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company agreed to charge no more than $275 per student per year in its bid for the state's "Freedom to Learn" program. It also will provide technical support, insurance, and training.

George Warren, head of HP's K-12 business, said the deal is a big one for the company. "No one has ever won a deal this big. This


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